Casino Video Shows Joran van der Sloot Meeting His Alleged Victim
Just-released casino surveillance footage shows Joran van der Sloot meeting Stephany Flores Ramirez just hours before he allegedly killed her. INSIDE EDITION reports.
Joran van der Sloot walks into a casino looking for a poker game. Less than an hour later 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez arrives.
It was to be the last night of her life.
Just-released surveillance video shows Ramirez walking to van der Sloot's table and shaking hands with him.
She scanned the room as if she were looking for someone else, then bought some gambling chips and sat down.
The scene is an eerie echo of the tape shot five years earlier to the day that shows van der Sloot in a casino in Aruba with Natalee Holloway. Holloway disappeared hours later.
It was after 5 a.m. when van der Sloot and Ramirez decided to leave. She walked out of view and van der Sloot gestured he would wait for her.
He could be seen shaking hands with other players in the casino. When Ramirez came back, they could be seen leaving together and going to his hotel room just a few blocks away.
Less than four hours later, she was dead.
And there's more information about the controversial FBI extortion sting that ended with van der Sloot receiving $25,000 to tell what happened to Natalee Holloway. The FBI is facing criticism for not placing van der Sloot under arrest immediately, allowing him to slip through their fingers.
New York private investigator Bo Dietl helped set up the sting with the FBI and Natalee Holloway's family attorney, John Q. Kelly.
"Maybe that girl in Peru would be still alive if the Aruban government reacted to this the way they should've," Dietl told INSIDE EDITION.
"Did Joran make any incriminating statements?" INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney asked.
"Well, he made the statement about how he knocked her down, she hit her head, and she died, and how his father then buried her," Dietl said.
The FBI says they didn't have enough evidence to make an arrest: "The investigation was not sufficiently developed to bring charges prior to the time van der Sloot left Aruba."
Dietl says he believes van der Sloot was tipped off that the FBI was closing in.
"I think they told him, 'Get out of here, get off the island, the FBI is on to you,' " he told INSIDE EDITION.
And it's just been revealed that Colombian authorities are seeking a possible connection between the disappearance of two young women in Colombia and van der Sloot. He was in that country before visiting Peru and the two missing women were known to frequent casinos.
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